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DFG establishes 13 new priority programs
Date:4/26/2011

otential is also demonstrated by a Priority Programme which aims to improve the resilience of glass. To do this, the research team will need to examine its topological structural properties at a microscopic level. Possible application areas include mechanical engineering, architecture and telecommunications.

To a large extent, the newly established Priority Programmes take an interdisciplinary approach. One will, for example, bring together fields such as biology and mathematics in order to develop a new mathematical foundation for an innovative theory of evolutionary biology. New ground is also being broken by a Programme which focuses on sea and river ports from Antiquity to the Middle Ages and interprets them and their associated transport and trade routes in terms of complex systems. This research involves not only various humanities fields, but also incorporates geophysics and oceanography. All the Programmes will also provide intensive support for early-career researchers. This is a fundamental prerequisite for the establishment of new Priority Programmes.

The 13 new Priority Programmes were chosen from a total of 57 submitted concepts. Each Programme will be individually announced by the DFG in the months ahead, and the funding proposals received will be evaluated using a strict review process to determine their scientific quality and their contribution to the overarching topic in question. Funding for 12 of the new Programmes will initially be provided over three years, while the other will be funded initially for two years. Around 23.9 million euros will be provided for all 13 new Priority Programmes during the first funding year. A good 70 million euros will be made available in total during the first funding period.

The DFG's Priority Programmes normally run for six years. The approval of the 13 new Programmes means that the DFG will, from 2012 onwards, be funding a total of 94 Priority Programmes.

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Contact: Dr. Eva-Maria Streier
em.streier@dfg.de
49-228-885-2250
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
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